Christmas is upon us and Islanders don’t need to look far for local events to get them in a festive mood. The Isle of Wight is packed with markets, grottos and more so check out our top picks below and be sure to take a look at our seasonal events section for events happening near you…


Cowes Christmas Fair

Where? Cowes Yacht Haven.

When? 19th & 20th December

What is it? Your opportunity to sample the very best food, drink and gifts the Island has to offer. Highlights include live cookery demonstrations, over 50 arts and crafts stalls from local Island businesses, live music, children’s entertainment and a Santa’s Grotto from Vintage Vacations. Plus the event is absolutely free – what’s not to love?

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Wight Christmas at the Needles

Where? The Needles, Alum Bay.

When? Throughout December, see more details here

What is it? A month of magical entertainment including visits from the real Santa Claus in a Christmas grotto, free children’s rides, free Jurassic golf, free sweet and glass making workshops and of course an elves workshop. Entry to the attraction is free and grotto entry is £5, which includes a quality gift for every child.

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Mrs Beeton’s Victorian Christmas

Where? Osborne House, York Avenue, East Cowes.

When? 19th & 20th December (session available throughout the day)

What is it? A great one for kids as it is both educational and entertaining! Ever wanted to know what Christmas was like in a grand Victorian household? Travel back in time to the late 19th Century and join members of Osborne’s household as they prepare for Christmas festivities. Cook in the kitchens with the housekeeper and learn about what it took to run a royal household – as well as how Queen Victoria and her family celebrated Christmas!

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Steam Railway Santa Specials

Where? The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Ryde.

When? Throughout December.

What is it? A wonderful idea for the whole family! Embrace the wonderful festive atmosphere at Havenstreet Station – which has live Christmas music, entertainment and woolly Alpacas. Follow your visit to Father Christmas with a cosy 10-mile round trip through the Island’s winter countryside on a steam train!

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Ventnor Boxing Day Swim

Where? Ventnor Beach, Ventnor

When? 26th December

What is it? Join over 100 other people braving a swim in the sea! A great way to blast out those lethargic Christmas cobwebs, and why not use this opportunity to raise some money for PATCH – a local cancer charity the helps patients with costs incurred through their illness?

Sponsor forms for the 32nd Boxing Day Swim are available from The Ale and Oyster on Ventnor Esplanade or Inspirations (formaly A and B’s Emporium) High Street Ventnor or by phoning 857174/855519.

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